HOMECOMING 2010 BRINGS OUT SMILES

You can, indeed, come home again judging from the smiling faces of the hundreds of joyful alums who returned to their alma mater on April 23rd and 24th for Homecoming 2010.

Attendees were treated to a full, two day program that included lunch at Juniors, a masterful student production of the musical, “Sweeney Todd,” class photo sessions and a building tour in which current administrators and teachers partnered as tour guides with retired counterparts to help contrast Tech’s past and present.

The Saturday assembly program featured nostalgic videos of bygone days and gave special recognition to members of the golden anniversary class of 1960 and the silver anniversary class of 1985.

Alumni Foundation CEO Matt Mandery ’61 welcomed the alums and drew cheers when he stated, “We are proud alums of the greatest high school in America.” When he introduced Virgil Chiavetta ’35, who was celebrating his 75th anniversary, the audience greeted him with thunderous applause.

Joseph Potter ’60 was overwhelmed by the standing ovation given the 79 representatives of the class of 1960 as they marched from the auditorium stage to their seats: “Man, I felt like a rock star. It was very emotional and touching.” Martin Block ’60 called Homecoming 2010 the “best two days I’ve ever had associated with Tech,” and Eric Kaltman ’60 remarked that it was “great to walk the halls of Tech again and chat with many motivated teachers and students.”

Cheryl-Ann Leslie ’85, a primary care physician in rural Alaska, when asked why she traveled so far for this reunion just smiled and said “I still have my ball peen hammer and screwdriver.” When asked how she ended up in rural Alaska, she smiled again and said “We didn’t learn much geography at Tech.”

Barnes & Noble chairman and Alumni Foundation board member Leonard Riggio ’58 proclaimed “ I get a thrill every time I walk through the doors of Tech" and brought the crowd to its feet when he shouted “Eat your heart out Stuyvesant and Bronx Science; you ain’t seen nothing till you come to Brooklyn.” Riggio announced that the Alumni Foundation had now raised $14 million toward its 21/21 fundraising campaign goal of $21 million.

Senior Class President Nicky Chen ’10 put Homecoming 2010 in perspective. He noted that the word “alumni” derives from Latin for “to nourish” and announced, “That is what the alumni has brought to Tech – nourishment.”



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